Stalag II-D

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Stalag II-D Stargard was a World War II German Army Prisoner-of-war camp located near Stargard, today Stargard SzczeciƄski, in western Pomerania, 30 km east of Szczecin.

Timeline

  • The camp was established on military training ground in September 1939 to detain Polish prisoners from the German September 1939 offensive. For the first several months they lived in the open or in tents during a very cold winter, while they built the wooden and brick huts for the permanent camp.
  • in May and June 1940 French and Belgian soldiers taken prisoner during the Battle of France arrived.
  • These were followed by Soviet prisoners from Operation Barbarossa in the summer of 1941.
  • In September and October 1943 Italian prisoners arrived after the Italian capitulation
  • Canadian prisoners from the unfortunate Dieppe Raid of August 1942 were transferred to Stargard from Stalag VIII-B in January 1944.
  • The camp was liberated by the Red Army mid April 1945


Evacuation and repatriation

On 25 February 1945 most of the prisoners were forced to march westward in advance of the Soviet offensive and endured great hardships before they were freed by Allied troops in April 1945 .

Living conditions

The lower ranks prisoners at this camp fared much better than those in many other camps further south. They worked predominately on farms and had the possibility to obtain better nourishment.

Escape

It was relatively easy to escape from a farm, but much more difficult to evade...
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